Catholics and the Old Testament

Richard J. Clifford, S.J., writes in America–and as is usual in many magazines and newspapers, the headline writer seems not to have read the article (it refers to “Hebrew Bible,” while Clifford gives reasons why he thinks there’s no problem with “Old Testament”).

Andrew Sullivan’s “Race Card”

Andrew Sullivan applauds “young evangelicals.” “They get it – and the message of the Gospels,” he says (meaning he thinks “the Gospels” are in favor of gay marriage). But then comes the racial angle: “Black evangelicals are another matter. There is, alas, no ethnic community as homophobic in America as African-Americans. Which is why the…

No.

Congress shows it won’t bow to the threats and extortion of Wall Street. Houston area congressmen seem united in their opposition, regardless of party: Culberson, Lampson, Paul, Jackson-Lee, Green, etc. In the meantime, how come everyone is blaming this on banks giving mortgages to people who are struggling? Let’s talk about “derivatives,” “complex financial instruments,”…

Goose Day

It’s Goose Day today in Central Pennsylvania–where the medieval custom of eating goose on the feast of St. Michael and All Angels is alive and well.

Hurricane Kyle

Our friends and relations in Nova Scotia are bracing for Hurricane Kyle. A cousin in Yarmouth says the wind is starting to kick up, with gusts at present to 90kph; power is out in Barrington. More to come. And to think some folks were just telling me I should move back to New England to…

The Bible in Public Schools

Four members of the Texas Board of Education are urging school districts to adopt the program of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. Objections are kind of vague in the article, but if you go to the webpage of the Texas Freedom Network, you’ll find documentation of the problems found by this…

Surveying the Scene Before Us

More doom and gloom in the newspapers today. As the screams of fear echo through the air, I think of this … We are living in the time of the end. The fast-fulfilling signs of the times declare that the coming of Christ is near at hand. The days in which we live are solemn…

Catholic Abuse Crisis Continues

Diocese of Belleville is going to continue fighting its victims, after they were awarded a $5 million judgment for “fraudulent concealment” of a molesting priest. Bishop Edward Braxton says to pay it would diminish diocesan resources and significantly limit the church’s ability to continue to serve our people, our parishes (and) our schools. … Testimony…

Sodom’s Revelries

The Folsom Street Fair celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. 400,000 people will participate in a street festival featuring public nudity, sexual acts, and glorification of sadomasochism in Nancy Pelosi’s home district, while police look on and do nothing. Americans for Truth. It was in 1902 that a little old lady from Gorham, Maine, said,…

Commonweal on the Hermeneutic of Continuity

There’s lots of nostalgia for the Catholic past, especially in the area of liturgy, says Commonweal blogger Cathleen Kaveny (John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame). And this has her worried. There’s plenty to complain about in contemporary culture. Nonetheless, I worry about the upswing…

The Beauty, Truth, and Goodness of Sexuality as God Created It

In discussions about legalization of homosexual “marriage,” its proponents say that Christian teaching on marriage as the exclusive, permanent, and fruitful union of a man and a woman is analagous to segregation and to chattel slavery, and will be universally recognized as such in another twenty years. They snidely point to broken homes, unfaithful spouses,…

Speaking Truth to Power

The National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries met in San Diego last week and got a surprise: Bishop Jaime Soto, coadjutor bishop of Sacramento, “courageously but gently” reminded them of Christian teaching on human sexuality. “Sexual relations between people of the same sex can be alluring for homosexuals, but it deviates from…

“The Dirty Secret of the Bailout”

I’m playing catch up with the economic news, having been focused on more pressing problems the last couple of weeks. What frightens me is not the mess–but the solution proposed. The Huffington Post is but one source drawing our attention to “the dirty secret of the bailout,” specifically, Section 8 of the proposed legislation: Decisions…

Liberal Churches Entertain Ahmadinejad

While liberal religious leaders entertained the president of Iran, hundreds of protesters stood outside the Hyatt Hotel and questioned, “How can you dine with a tyrant?” Those inside included representatives of the American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker United Nations Office, Religions for Peace, the World Council of Churches, and the Unitarian-Universalist Assn.…

“Why Americans Are More Tolerant [than Canadians]”

Commentary by Canadian canonist, Pete Vere, based on experiences living in both countries. After some personal narrative comes the key point: We talk about tolerance in Canada. More often than not, as our electoral choices show, Canadian tolerance is just an excuse to avoid discussing our differences. Thus Canadians stick to what’s comfortable, what’s least…

Silenced at the Shrine

Phil Lawler was to have a book-signing at the bookstore at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, promoting his book, The Faithful Departed, about the Boston locus of the sexual abuse crisis. One morning this June, Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, rector of the shrine, walked into the bookstore. It was about…